The dorm supervisor I had in college was a man who sought to serve the Lord with all of his heart. The college always desired to put men and women in leadership who were “an example to the believers.” There was something different about his life situation – Mr. Melius had cancer. It was an aggressive cancer that gave this young married man a great deal of hardship. However, what the men of the dorm saw was a man striving to please the Lord in all he did…regardless of his life’s situation. When he met his Savior he didn’t have the regret of having lived in bitterness or self pity through his years of cancer. He pressed “toward the mark for the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus.” Have you ever met a person who kept on living for God even in the midst of hardships? Genesis 37 begins to give us the true life account of a man called Joseph. His brothers hated him, talked of killing him, and then sold him as a slave. His master’s wife falsely accused him of immorality and he was then imprisoned for the lies of another. Years passed before he was summoned to Pharaoh, interpreted a dream, and was made a ruler that would answer only to Pharaoh. Joseph had many reasons to yield to bitterness and self-pity, but there is no mention in the scriptures of such responses in Joseph’s life. You and I will continue to face hardships until the Lord calls us to heaven. Yielding to bitterness and self-pity will only make that person miserable.
Yielding to God’s way will only cause one to taste His grace and sustaining power. Which did you choose yesterday? Faithful & Forward in 2014! I’ll be looking for you this Sunday…
Living one step at a time,
Pastor Gary Holloway